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December 2012


MIKE HARDING back on stage at the Trades, the first time since he performed at the Miners' Strike Benefit in 1984. Read more

MYTHOLMROYD FLOOD ACTION formed and will work on behalf of local residents and businesses in Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale who may be at risk, and will look at ways to minimise the effects of any future flooding. Read more. (17 Dec)

POSTCARD FROM PALESTINE 9 - Hebden Bridge's Ron Taylor, part of an international group of supporters, sends the HebWeb his latest news from Palestine. "Destroying Palestine Bit by Bit." Read more. (13 Dec)

Yorkshire Post article: "The Yorkshire town bouncing back six months after the summer flood . . . . With the snow-capped hills glistening in the distance . . . Hebden Bridge looks as pretty as a Christmas card. (12 Dec)

The factories are gone - but the music plays on - Hebden Bridge played its part in the industrial struggles of the 19th century, the growth of trades unions and the birth of co-ops. Today the factories are all but gone, but the Trades Club remains and thrives. Read full article by Peter Lazenby (9 Dec)

DAVE NELSON'S CHRISTMAS SINGALONG. It’s that time of year again: a community tradition going back more than 20 years at Wainsgate Chapel. Read more. (12 Dec)

MAXINE PEAKE BRINGS PENDLE WITCHES SHOW TO THE TRADES CLUB - see Silk and Dinnerladies star join up with the Eccentronic Research Council (ERC) Read more. (11 Dec)

UN ROLE FOR WHITE RIBBON'S CHRIS GREEN. Chris has proudly accepted an invitation from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to join his Network of Men Leaders. Read more. (10 Dec)

WOMEN'S BUSINESS NETWORK: Ladies4Networking, a group set up to forge links and open up new opportunities for businesswomen, has won an award. Read more. (7 Dec)

LOCAL FOREST SCHOOL EXPANDS: Tinderwood Trust, which has been delivering Forest School for nearly 7 years in the upper Calder Valley and beyond have moved into another new site. (3 Dec)

LAMENT FOR THE MILLS - Robert Cockcroft, poet and academic told a meeting of the Local History Society of his childhood spent close to mills owned and operated by his grandfather, John Cockcroft and his father, Keith. Read more (2 Dec)

Guardian Online: Creating a winter valley of lights in flood-hit West Yorkshire. And how Calderdale helped. (31 Dec)

Market Street floods again

Market Street flooded yet again as the wettest year in memory comes to an end. Some shop keepers were closing early, putting up flood defences and sandbags. Photo: HebWeb at 2pm, New Year's Eve. Update 3.05pm: The Bookcase reports the road now re-opened, and that the cause this time was the drains.

Hebden Bridge Walkers Action Relaunch: on Monday January 14th, 7.30 at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, anyone with an interest in walking is welcome. Read more. (27 Dec)

PROPOSED CALDER HIGH ACADEMY: public meeting to be held in new year with speaker from Anti-Academies Alliance. Read more (18 Dec)

Trades Club featured in article in The Independent

Meditation, peace dance and labyrinth walking in the marquee in the park on Friday 21st at 11:11

CITY IN THE HILLS - Corinne McDonald and Ann Kilbey told a meeting of the Local History Society of Dawson City, the building of the Walshaw Dean Reservoirs and the publication of a new book. Read more (16 Dec)

HX7 JAZZ: acclaimed Manchester guitarist Stuart McCallum, performing this time with No Good Beatniks on Weds 19th December. Read more

Cerys Matthews emailed the HebWeb asking us to spread the word about her show on 11th Dec at the Trades Club: "The later show is sold out but there are a few tickets left for the earlier show which is the same show. It's a mix of music and banter and carols and a little poetry"

Record Turnout For Arts Festival Open Meeting: Festival photographers Sarah Mason and Craig Shaw were on hand to discuss their photos documenting a rich variety of events. Read more. (7 Dec)

BUS SERVICES CONSULTATION: All this year, people have been writing to the HebWeb Forum vividly describing the failures of the local bus service. Now there's to be a consultation. Read more

LOCAL PLAN: drop in consultation event on Tuesday, 4 December. More info

POSTCARD FROM PALESTINE 8 - Hebden Bridge's Ron Taylor, part of an international group of supporters, sends the HebWeb his latest news from Palestine. Read more. (2 Dec)


November 2012


KAREN DARKE TO TURN ON MYTHOLMROYD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS! Karen, Olympic Paralympic medalist, grew up in Mytholmroyd and went to Calder High School. Read more (29 Nov)

BROWN'S SITE: Planners recommend refusal of Supermarket and Hotel plans. Councillors will make the final decision at their meeting of 4th December. More info (27 Nov, 2pm)

MARK THOMAS PLAYS THE TRADES CLUB - Comedian and outrageous, leftwing political provocateur Mark Thomas brings his mix of laughs and debate to the Trades Club on 13 February. Tickets on sale Tues 27 Nov. Read more

Flood alert: Persistent rainfall over the weekend and further heavy rainfall forecast throughout Sunday evening and into Monday morning will cause river levels to rise. 25-27th

LATEST NEWS FROM THE TRADES: Colin Blunstone date at Trades replaced by Gaza benefit. Tuesday 27th sees the first gig at the club by the reformed Matthews' Southern Comfort. Read more (22 Nov)

Albion Band

See gallery of photos from this year's Folk Roots Festival, with thanks to Craig Shaw

VALLEY OF LIGHTS PROCESSIONS LATEST: Free lantern workshops, Parades in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Tod, Valley of Lights Night Bike Light Ride and more. Latest info and maps (20 Nov)

HX7 JAZZ: The Nicolas Meier Quintet featuring Gilad Atzmon on 22nd Nov - A fantastic fusion of Flamenco, Turkish and Eastern music. More info (17 Nov)

POSTCARD FROM PALESTINE 7 - As the tensions mount in and around Gaza, Hebden Bridge's Ron Taylor, part of an international group of supporters, sends the HebWeb his latest news from Palestine. Read more. (16 Nov)

VALLEY OF LIGHTS PROCESSIONS: Handmade Parade are lighting the fuse on some spectacular lantern processions and workshops in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd as part of the Valley of Lights festival. Read more (12 Nov)

TOWN HALL CAFÉ RE-OPENS FOR BUSINESS from Monday 12th November. The café, in the attractive community lounge area overlooking the courtyard, will offer coffees, teas, lunches and light refreshments. Read more (9 Nov)

BLUES FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS 2013 LINE-UP - Running for three days at the end of May 2013, the organisers have laid on another spectacular bonanza for blues lovers everywhere. (7 Nov)

ARTS FESTIVAL IS LOOKING FOR YOUR MEMORIES AND PHOTOS from the past 20 years as its mounts a special exhibition to celebrate its 20th birthday. Read more (7 Nov)

COMMUNITY WIND TURBINE AT BLACKSHAW HEAD is now fully up and running, generating an income for the local community. Read more (4 Nov)

LOCAL MUSICIANS WALLY WOODCOCK AND STEVE ANDREWS release a CD of 13 original compositions, entitled Songs from a Shed. Read more

FRIENDS OF HEBDEN BRIDGE PICTURE HOUSE repainted the gates, swept up leaves, rubbed rust off railings and cleared debris from the roof of our community owned cinema. Read more. (28 Nov)

ALL SET FOR VALLEY OF LIGHTS: Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd are gearing up for their Valley of Lights parades on Thursday and Saturday with organisers promising two spectacular nights.

CALDER HIGH ACADEMY? Parents have received a letter from the chair of governors, Rob Good, dated 23rd November, confirming that "the Dept. for Education's view is that Calder High School will become a sponsored academy."

CALDER WARD FORUM - you can take part in the 4th December session at the Waterfront Hall in the Town Hall or online. Read more

PECKET WELL WASTE PLAN: Residents of Pecket Well fear serious environmental problems from expansion of waste processing plant. Read more. (21 Nov)

MORE BIG NAMES AT THE TRADES CLUB - Pop Legend Edwyn Collins and rising folk stars Stornoway are the latest big names to announce dates at the Trades Club. Read more. (19 Nov)

HOW MUCH THOUGHT DO YOU GIVE TO A WAR MEMORIAL? - Mike Edwards told a meeting of the Local History Society, war memorials can be found in many forms and in unusual places. Read more (17 Nov)

NUTCRACKER: A CHRISTMAS SHOW FOR ALL THE FAMILY this December at the Waterfront Hall in the new Town Hall. The role of The Nutcracker will be played by West End Gruffalo star Timothy Richey. Read more

Floods: Daily Telegraph article - "How a pioneering 'shop local' campaign helped Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire recover from a devastating flood this summer." (14 Nov)

BOND IS BACK: SKYFALL AT THE PICTURE HOUSE - with cocktails, tuxedos and cocktail dresses. On 16th November to mark the release of Skyfall, the Picture House will be celebrating 50 years of 007 on the big screen.

FREE MARKETING WORKSHOP: Businesses in Hebden Bridge are invited to a November marketing workshop which promises to reveal some truly distinctive ways to get visitors to spend more and stay longer. Read more (9 Nov)

FAIRPORT CONVENTION warm-up for Folk Roots Festival - with a greatest hits set at the Trades Club (6 Nov)

UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE: Probably few of the members of U3A expected a talk on cancer to be vibrant and uplifting but this was what they got from Kate Hayward at their October meeting. Read more (5 Nov)

POSTCARD FROM PALESTINE 6 - Beer festival and closed military zones. Ron Taylor's latest from Palestine, one of an international group of supporters. Read more


October 2012


TOWN HALL NOW FULLY WHEELCHAIR-ACCESSIBLE: One hundred and fifteen years after it was first built, Hebden Bridge's Town Hall is now for the first time able to welcome everyone with mobility difficulties. Read more (31 Oct)

HEBDEN BRIDGE ECCENTRICS: Twenty five half-naked individuals braved the Yorkshire drizzle this Sunday morning to pose for photos in support of Stephen Gough – “the naked rambler”. See news report (29 Oct)

GUARDIAN NORTHERNER uses HebWeb coverage of the Naked Rambler. Northern correspondent of the Guardian, Martin Wainwright writes, "Witness current comments on the community website, the Hebweb, which is one of the best of its kind in the country.   No, world." (25 Oct)

NEW FACES AT ARTS FESTIVAL: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival has appointed six new trustees as it prepares for its 20th anniversary next year. Read more and see photo. (22 Oct)

TOWN COUNCIL BYE-ELECTIONS: Labour Candidate selected for West End Ward. The election will take place on Thursday 15th November. Read more

HEBDEN BRIDGE FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL: next week - markets, tastings, cooking demonstrations, competitions, giveaways, offers - Read more (16 Oct)

FREEDOM FROM TORTURE: the new Calderdale group held its first meeting at the Hebden Bridge Town Hall last week. Read more (16 Oct)

COACH TO LONDON TUC DEMO - There are still a few coach seats available on the Calderdale Save Our Services coach to the TUC demo in London next Saturday. Read more (15 Oct)

RSPB lodges EU complaint over Walshaw Moor controversy: The group says the government has failed to protect the landscape from activity to promote grouse-shooting. See Guardian article

Book Case

Queues outside The Book Case in Hebden for the Julia Donaldson signing - the queue stretched all the way to the Co-op. See video clip from Fran Robinson of the Mytholmroyd Net. (13 Oct)

FORMER GREEN PARTY COUNCILLOR COMPLETES CYCLE TOUR ROUND BRITAIN'S COAST. Former Green Party Town Councillor, Jamie Johnson has spent five months cycling 5000 miles round the UK coast raising funds for Palestinian refugees. Read more (9 Oct)

ARTS FESTIVAL TO MOVE TO THE TOWN HALL: After almost a decade in residence in their Albert Street shop, the Festival is moving to the Town Hall from the beginning of November. Read more. (4 Oct)

Market Street is gradually coming back to life after this summer's floods. Valley Organics re-opened today, the Deli is back open, Element Jewellery relaunches on Saturday and Oxfam next month. (4 Oct)

HEBDEN BRIDGE'S RICH COMMUNITY LIFE ON DISPLAY AT THE TOWN HALL: - and free cake too! Community Fayre on Saturday October 13th Read more (2 Oct)

HANDMADE PARADE DIG DEEP APPEAL: organisers are urging people to donate to help make next year's parade even more spectacular. For each £10 donated to the Parade, the Government backed Local Giving scheme will double it. Read more (1 Oct)

GREEN LIGHT FOR YOUTH HOUSE: Calderdale Council has given the green light for Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society (HBLOS) to take over responsibility for Youth House in Hebden Bridge. Read more (30 Oct)

CLUBHOUSES: SELF HELP AND CO-OPERATION - Julie Cockburn told a meeting of the Local History Society about Clubhouses, a small row of houses in Old Town which encapsulate some of the history and spirit of the Calder Valley. Read more

Town Council supports proposals for supermarket on Brown's site - see Forum discussion

VICTORIA ROAD LITTLE PARK re-opened, completely renewed, Sat 20th October, thanks to the efforts of parents and local councillors over the past couple of years. Read more

THE HX7 JAZZ CLUB presents another great night of jazz-fusion on Thurs 25 October: this time it's provided by young Manchester-based sextet Skamel. Read more

Proposed supermarket and hotel - a packed public meeting upstairs at the Stubbing Wharf pub fired questions to Calderdale planning officer, architect Sam Deakin and planning consultant Roger Lee. Read report on Energy Royd website (23 Oct)

MARIE CURIE PLANTING DAY: On Friday 26th October, Hebden Royd Town Council will be holding a Bulb Planting day to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Read more (17 Oct)

HEBDEN BRIDGE COMMUNITY FAYRE A GREAT SUCCESS: Forty groups participated and several hundred members of the community came along to see the rich diversity of community life within Hebden Bridge on display. Read more (16 Oct)

Ted Hughes' brother writes book on "Ted and I" - see Yorkshire Post and Guardian pieces. (16 Oct)

Guardian Northerner uses HebWeb coverage of the Naked Rambler. Northern correspondent of the Guardian, Martin Wainwright writes, "Witness current comments on the community website, the Hebweb, which is one of the best of its kind in the country.   No, world." (25 Oct)

SMALL TOWN SATURDAY NIGHT: Trevor Simpson spoke to the HB Local History Society about a love affair with rock 'n roll at its peak in the 1950s and 60s. Read more (15 Oct)

PUBLIC MEETING: BROWN'S SITE. Would a new supermarket and new hotel welcome more visitors to Hebden Bridge? Sunday 14 October at Stubbing Wharf. Read more

TED HUGHES FESTIVAL: three academic speakers to speak at local Ted Hughes Festival, run annually by The Elmet Trust. Read more (10 Oct)

WAINSGATE CONCERT: RED HIPPO - three of the best musicians in the Calder Valley who play a stunning mix of instruments including sousaphone, Irish whistles, saxophones and strings. Sunday, 14th October. Read more

After the floods Market Street is gradually coming back to life after this summer's floods. Valley Organics re-opened today, the Deli is back open, Element Jewellery relaunches on Saturday, the Yorkshire Soap Company and Home Oh on 13th October, and Oxfam next month. (5 Oct)

AFTER THE FLOODS: Volunteers from Calderdale Countryside Service and Friends of Nutclough have been working in Nutclough Woods to repair the flood damage. Read more (4 Oct)

THE WORLD OF CORNELIUS ASHWORTH: report of Alan Petford's talk to Hebden Bridge Local History Society. Transcribed diaries reveal a wealth of information about the farming practices on an early 19th century Pennine farm.

URSULA HOLDEN GILL RECEIVES STORYTELLING AWARD at the 2012 National Storytelling Awards ceremony in York. Read more (1 Oct)


September 2012


BULKY WASTE COLLECTIONS charges start Monday, 1st October. It will now cost £10 to have Calderdale remove e.g. tables, chairs, beds, TVs etc. Read more (27 Sept)

UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE: Steve Halliwell outlined the history of the Woodland Trust, created in 1972 and now responsible for over a thousand woods of native species. Read more (26 Sept)

FREEDOM FROM TORTURE: a call for those interested in helping set up a new group locally. Read more (23 Sept)

THE HEBDEN BRIDGE COMEDY CLUB IS BACK! Between now and December the club will have a Buddhist karate expert, a transvestite vegan and a star from the BBC's 'Ideal'. Read more (20 Sept)

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS CALL FOR TOWN COUNCIL ELECTIONS to fill the two vacancies on Hebden Royd Town Council. The vacancies in White Lee ward in Mytholmroyd and West End ward in Hebden Bridge. Read more (19 Sept)

Our MP, Craig Whittaker told Michael Gove in Parliament (Hansard, 17th) that "Employers in Calder Valley often complain to me that young people leaving school and being presented to them for jobs cannot read or write properly and have poor social skills."

DODNAZE COMMUNITY CENTRE OPEN DAY to meet local residents, and seek new ideas. Time for change. Read more (17 Sept)

NEW GUIDE TO HELP BUSINESSES in Hebden Bridge beat the economic downturn. Pennine Prospects advises: think local to beat the downturn. Read more (14 Sept)

SHAGGY DOG STORYTELLERS: Members of the popular Shaggy Dog Storytellers Club have been nominated for awards. Read more (13 Sept)

Insurers accused of 'ducking and diving' over flood pay-out - see Yorkshire Post article (11 Sept)

FLOOD FUNDRAISING AUCTION: Hebden Bridge Creatives pull together for flood fundraising auction, including painting above. Read more (10 Sept)

PLANS SUBMITTED TO DEVELOP NUTCLOUGH MILL, one of Hebden Bridge's finest old buildings. The new building will be up to 5 storeys high, about twice the width of the main part of Nutclough Mill, and extend far beyond the main building towards Foster Lane. Read more (7 Sept)

TWO COUNCILLORS QUIT TOWN COUNCIL: bye-elections likely. Any bye-elections could change the character of the Town Council, currently Labour controlled. Read more. (6 Sept)

HERITAGE OPEN DAY: HEBDEN BRIDGE TOWN HALL'S FIRE STATION: On Saturday September 8th members of the public will be able to see a heritage fire tender unit, typical of the type used when the fire station opened as an extension to the Town Hall in 1898.  Read more (4 Sept)

Floodstock: An evening of Live Blues music in aid of the the Calder Valley flood victims was held on Saturday (1st) at Mytholmroyd Community Centre.

Hebden Bridge Trades Club featured on BBC1 Breakfast News, as part of an item on the touring Africa Express train. Also featured by the Guardian Northerner (5 Sept)

FESTIVAL AND PARADE TEAM UP FOR 'SENSATIONAL AFTERNOON' NEXT YEAR: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and Handmade Parade share the billing on 22 June 2013. Read more

Hebden Bridge: Hippy redoubt, artsy hub, unofficial lesbian capital of Britain, ecotown, hill walker's paradise … is there a more Guardian-friendly destination than Hebden Bridge? So starts the Guardian review of The White Lion. (30 Sept)

POETS AT WAINSGATE: Poets Michael Haslam, Robert Wordsman and Finn Stirm at Wainsgate this Sunday (30 Sept) at 3pm. Read more

Tuesday 25th Sept: Braced for more floods. The sandbags were out again. BBC news programmes reported 'live from Hebden Bridge'. BBC's Nick Ravenscroft spoke with flood warden Keith Crabtree: "The situation could change in 15 minutes." Here's a BBC TV clip from HB

OXJAM PROMOTES YOUNG MUSICIANS! Young people are raising funds for OXFAM with an afternoon show case for young musicians. (21 Sept)

GOLD MEDAL WINNER HANNAH COCKROFT TO 'DROP IN' AT TOWN HALL for photo shoot and to inspire people by meeting our local sporting paralympian hero. Read more (20 Sept)

FOX FRIENDS BACK CO-OPERATIVE PUB plans. Around 40 people attended the public meeting at the Fox and Goose to discuss plans to turn it into a co-operative pub. Read more (19 Sept)

HX7 JAZZ: Loz Speyer's Timezone - six piece band to perform 'hot latin jazz' on 27 Sept. Read more (17 Sept)

LETS NOT WALK AWAY, LETS WALK TOGETHER. A five mile walk to raise awareness of drug and alcohol related issues among young people. Read more (13 Sept)

HEBDEN BRIDGE'S COMMUNITY-RUN TOWN HALL: OPEN AT LAST: Access to the whole building, old and new, is now through the main entrance foyer. Read more (12 Sept)

HEBDEN BRIDGE FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL: During Autumn half-term, between October 20th and 28th, the town of Hebden Bridge will be holding it's first ever Food and Drink Festival. Read more (10 Sept)

HEBDEN VALE CHILDREN'S CENTRE RE-OPENING: After 11 long weeks we are pleased to announce that the Childen's Centre will open the week commencing the 10th September

COMMUNITY WIND TURBINE ON TRACK to produce electricity for the national grid from Blackshaw Head by 1st October. Read more. (5 Sept)

THE KING'S TROUPE FROM HEBDEN BRIDGEperform at Stratford on Avon. Originally performed at the 'Inn on the Bridge' the group was invited by the RSC to perform as part of the World Shakespeare Festival 2012 (3 Sept)

Alice's Run

Alice's Run in celebration of the life of Alice Redmond. Epilepsy Action's very own multi-terrain, 10km race, setting off from Mytholmroyd.



August 2012


Any Questions at Hebden Bridge Town Hall: For those who haven't tickets, listen on Radio 4 Friday at 8pm or Saturday at 1.10pm. Panelists are former Tory MP, Edwina Currie, the Chief Political Correspondent of The Independent, Steve Richards, the Chief Executive of the gay rights organisation, Stonewall, Ben Summerskill and the Sunday Times Columnist, Minette Marrin. Listen now in iPlayer. A lively Hebden Bridge audience asked the panel questions on squatting, overseas student visa restrictions, disability benefits and asset transfers.

Council tax 'localisation' consultation: the Town Council have posted a consultation document on the Hebden Royd website. Shadow local government secretary Hilary Benn has said "localisation of the Council Tax Benefit, along with a 10% cut in funding, would force authorities 'to chase people on low incomes for money they simply don't have". (31 Aug)

Millionaires, ministers and the murky world of Walshaw Moor - New Internationalist

Flood warning: Saturday afternoon (25th Aug), the Environment Agency had just one flood warning for the UK - for Hebden Bridge, Old Gate

More flooding

More flooding: police closed the main road to Tod after rain from this afternoon's storm (25th Aug) flooded the Stoney Lane area - photo thanks to Russell Horn

UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE: Ray Riches talked on Walking the Pacific Crest Trail: Sierra Nevadas and the Cascade Range between Mexico and the Canadian border. Read more (22 Aug)

ROCHDALE CANAL FESTIVAL: Families enjoy fishy tale in Mytholmroyd when artists and performers from Handmade Parade led them on a canal side adventure. (20 Aug)

JOIN IN THE PARADE FUN IN MYTHOLMROYD: Families will have the chance to take part in puppet making workshops and a parade as part of the Rochdale Canal Festival in Mytholmroyd on Sunday, 19th August. Read more

Guardian Northerner: Hebden Bridge shows off its new Town Hall: "Famous for its sense of community, the Pennine paradise has bucked all trends by building itself a magnificent new home for scores of local groups and activities." Berringden Brow's Jill Robinson takes a tour.

COMMUNITY WIND TURBINE - share offer success! Blackshaw Head will be supplying the National Grid by October. Read more (8 Aug)

BAN THE BURN: On August 12th (the "Glorious Twelfth" marking the official start of the grouse-shooting season) Treesponsibility are planning a "Ban the Burn" protest Walk to Walshaw Estate, leaving from Hebden Bridge at 9.30 am. Read more. (3 Aug)

Blenheim Street Planning Application - see latest on our Planning Watch section. (2 Aug)

VACANCY: HEBDEN BRIDGE PICTURE HOUSE MANAGER - Hebden Royd Town Council is seeking to recruit a proactive and experienced manager to develop the Hebden Bridge Picture House following its transfer to the Town Council. Read more. (31 Aug)

Flooding, which hit Hebden Bridge and Todmorden for the third time in a couple of months on Saturday, has cost the Environment Agency around £1.4m this year. See Yorkshire Post report. (28 Aug)

CALDER VALLEY VOICES RAISE MONEY for flood victims, before new term starts. Read more, including info on how to join them. (23 Aug)

Hebden Bridge's Jack Daniel Anderson-Martin is thought to be the youngest beekeeper in the country after passing his British Beekeepers' Junior Certificate. See BBC report

Hebden Bridge flooding may have been caused by aggressive burning: Letter to The Observer signed by over 60 local people. (19 Aug)

HERITAGE OPEN DAY: Hebden Bridge Town Hall's Fire Station. Staff there are making an appeal to residents who may have memorabilia stored away in their homes, and may even be forgotten about and stored away in attics and cellars. Read more. (17 Aug)

Town Council Annual Report - including councillor attendance and updates from the Mayor and committees. (20 Aug)

CUSTOMER FIRST ON THE MOVE: From Monday 20 August 2012, Calderdale Council's Customer First centre in Hebden Bridge will be based at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. (16 Aug)

Guardian Northerner: "National campaign against moorland bog-burning to launch as grouse-shooting begins. Residents of Hebden Bridge, devastated by moorland run-off in this summer's floods, join environmental campaigners to set up Ban the Burn." See too, HebWeb News

BULKY WASTE COLLECTIONS: Calderdale to charge £10 from October. (8 Aug)

BBC LOOK NORTH: Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd back in business. (3 Aug)

FLOOD ADVICE VIDEO, including footage from local photographers, and interviewing Mary Dhonau, chair of the Flood Protection Association, who gives advice and practical tips on preventing floods, dealing with floods and minimising flood risks. (2 Aug)


July 2012



A couple of weeks after the previous flood, one month's rain falls in three hours

FLOOD NEWS AND PHOTOS - together with links to YouTube and media coverage. Burnley Road from NatWest Bank to the Marina, most of Market Street to past the Co-op and George's Square were among the places flooded by today's torrential rain. This time, it wasn't the rivers, but drains were overwhelmed. Birchcliffe Road and Keighley Road were rivers of water. Read more

Charles visit

Royal Visit: Hebden Royd Town Clerk, Jason Boom sharing a joke with Charles on the Old Bridge at lunchtime today. Click to enlarge. More photos (6 July)

Picture House

PICTURE HOUSE: After much effort from Staff, Friends of the Picture House and passers-by the Picture House only missed one screening after being flooded up to a depth of 5 ft in places.

WALK AND RIDE FESTIVAL: Walkers, cyclists and horse riders will all be able to enjoy the splendour of the South Pennines, including the Buttress Challenge in Hebden Bridge, during the fifth Walk and Ride Festival this September. Read more

BBC'S ANY QUESTIONS? to be recorded in Hebden Bridge. The programme will be broadcast from the brand-new Waterfront Hall, part of the Town Hall development, on Friday August 31st. More info

CENTRAL LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE: Have your say - again. Calderdale Council has re-launched its consultation on the future plans for the Central Library and Archive. Read more, with links to previous coverage on the HebWeb. (17 July)

NEW BANNER: Local people travelled to the Durham Miners' Gala to see Calder Valley artist Andrew Turner's new banner for the Women Against Pit Closures movement. Read more (17 July)

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: There will be an meeting for businesses affected by the floods in the Calder Valley on Wednesday 18th July, 6 pm - 8 pm. Read more

Flood defences pledge for Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge: New defences will be developed quickly, says the Environment Agency, according to this BBC report

JULY FLOOD UPDATE FROM CALDERDALE - Tuesday, 10 July, 12.30pm.

SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES hit by floods. Some have been forced to move to temporary premises. Eg, Valley Organics can currently be found at the Baptists Church. Read more

JULY FLOOD NEWS AND PHOTOS - together with links to YouTube and media coverage. Burnley Road from NatWest Bank to the Marina, most of Market Street to past the Co-op and George's Square were among the places flooded by today's torrential rain. This time, it wasn't the rivers, but drains were overwhelmed. Birchcliffe Road and Keighley Road were rivers of water. Latest news as at 23.15, Monday.

DEMOCRACY OUTSIDE: A street performance of live democratic dialogue. This Saturday, Bastille Day, in George's Square. Read more

FRUIT FOR FREE AT HEBDEN BRIDGE TRAIN STATION: The redcurrants, blackcurrants and the fruit planted outside Hebden Bridge Railway Station between the car park and the railway fence are now ready for picking. Read more (9 July)

ROYAL VISIT: See photos of Hebden Royd Town Clerk, Jason Boom sharing a joke with Charles on the Old Bridge on Friday, 6th July. More photos

THE FABULOUS HEBDEN BRIDGE WI RAG MARKET was the place to grab a bargain on all your favourite haberdashery and craft goods last weekend. Over 1200 crafters, sewers, knitters, flocked to the market at thenew Waterfront Hall - the perfect space for the Rag Market, airy and light, full of chatter, colour and lots of smiles all weekend. Read more (4 July)

CALDERDALE COUNCIL HAS TODAY ANNOUNCED PLANS TO SET UP A £250,000 FUND to help flood-hit businesses in the Calder Valley get back on their feet. Read more (4 July)

TOWN HALL CAFE NOW OPEN. Organic House has won the Hebden Bridge Town Hall catering franchise and the Café is now open, offering locally sourced and organic food and drink. Read more (30 July)

YouTube video of Hebden Bridge getting on its feet after the flood. Inspiring collection of images put together by Jason Elliot.

BUSES to hilltop vilages: Councils call meeting for Wednesday, 25th July. Read more

CENSUS RESULTS show increase in Calderdale's population. Read more

HEBDEN VALE CHILDREN'S CENTRE: was badly damaged by recent floods. They are planning to run some of their popular sessions from the nearby Hebden Bridge Methodist Church. (18 July)

WADSWORTH BEE GROUP has received a £460 grant from the Co-op Community Fund. (18 July)

Daily Mail on Hebden Bridge and the floods: "Until just over three weeks ago, the 5,000-plus residents of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, could be forgiven for feeling ever so slightly smug." Read more

FLOOD-HIT BUSINESSES in the Calder Valley are being told how they can apply for a share of the Council's £250,000 Rise Fund. Read more (16 July)

DAILY MAIL ON HEBDEN BRIDGE AND THE FLOODS: "Until just over three weeks ago, the 5,000-plus residents of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, could be forgiven for feeling ever so slightly smug." Read more (14 July)

ARTS FESTIVAL: With devastating flooding either side of the festival, it has been an extremely difficult time for many of the businesses in Hebden Bridge but they rallied to support this year's Arts Festival. Read final Festival Report for this year.

UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE: Richard Pomfret, launched his talk entitled "Pitch and Pythagoras - Pulse and Prison", by telling his audience that a piano can never be in tune. Read more (9 July)

Friday. Sandbags back out along Market Street as Hebden Bridge prepares for the possibility of more floods - and the royal visit. (6 July)

BLACKSHAW HEAD WIND TURBINE PROJECT - public meeting and share offer. Renewable energy enterprise has launched shares and hopes to generate over £100K for local community. Read more. (5 July)

PICTURE HOUSE DIGITAL LAUNCH with Prometheus on Friday, 6th July. Read more

FLOOD CLEAN-UP CONTINUES: Calderdale Council, its partners, residents, businesses and volunteers are continuing the clean-up operation in the Calder Valley after being hit by some of the worst flooding ever recorded in the area. Read more (3 July)

PRAISE FOR FLOOD CLEAN-UP TEAM. The team who spearheaded the clean-up, worked with the emergency services through the night and all the next day (3 July)

HANDMADE PARADE - Nearly 700 people took part in the parade and several thousands more lined the route to enjoy amazing giant puppets, dazzling artwork, a riot of colour and toe-tapping music. News and links, including one to Guardian gallery and to Calendar. See also: HebWeb photo gallery.


June 2012



Photos and info: the worst flooding in Hebden Bridge for over 30 years. After heavy rain all day Friday, 22nd June, flood sirens went just before 8pm. Just hours later, the whole of the centre of Hebden Bridge was flooded. Market Street, Bridge Gate, Old Gate, Albert Street and Crown Street were all under water and impassable.

The dramatic events of Friday, 22nd June have led to dozens of local shops and businesses suffering damage and serious loss of stock.


FLOODS: THE AFTERMATH - Prime Minister praises "the resilience" of Calder Valley community - 300 tonne crane brought in to move boat - Town Council give £10K to Flood fund - Hebden Royd flood relief info - see Floods: the Aftermath. (28 June)

THE JUNE FLOODS - photos, info and links

11am, Saturday 30th June
See HebWeb News for latest info, route, events in park, photos from workshops and photos from previous 4 years. The biggest and best yet.

HEBVEG - Hebden Bridge's own community supported vegetable growing project - is looking to grow its membership. Read more (21 June)

HEBDEN BRIDGE PICTURE HOUSE GOES DIGITAL from early July, and with new manager. First digital viewings will include Prometheus and The Last Projectionist. Read more (15 June)

CONCERT AT WAINSGATE: Ensemble Norma and Enkelit - a stunning double bill of Finnish contemporary choral music. Read more

SEVEN YEAR OLD JACK ANDERSON TO CLIMB THREE PEAKS to raise money for heart research. Jack has already climbed to the top of 15 mountains. Read more (5 June)

hit the sunny streets of Hebden. Come and join the carnival! Summer starts here! Read latest news from the Festival. Read more (27 June)

THE GIRLS ARE BACK IN TOWN! This year’s Arts Festival is filled with wonderful wordsmithery from women singer/songwriters, poets and authors. Read more

£75,000 AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS: Hebden Royd Town Council invites groups to apply for grants, especially those who need help most in the current climate. Read more

VICTORIA ROAD PLAYGROUND: Friends of The Little Park have told the HebWeb that the second phase of planned improvements to Victoria Road playground is due to commence in September. Read more (12 June)

DANCE WEEKEND to kick off Arts festival: more info about the festival's diverse programme of dance (4 June)

Todmorden's Pollination Parade. See photos of the Parade from Craig Shaw

May 2012


HEBDEN BLUES FESTIVAL BLOWS INTO TOWN: This weekend sees a massive music fesival back in Hebden Bridge. With three dozen bands playing in seven venues across the town, fans of the blues from all over the country are heading our way. Read more (30 May)

HANDMADE PARADE 2012: Come and make magic in The Enchanted Wood. Fancy turning yourself into an elf, a wolf , an owl or a bluebell? Open workshops for next month’s Handmade Parade begin on Saturday. Read more (29 May)

GAY AND LESBIAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER RECEIVES THIS YEAR'S CITIZENSHIP AWARD: Retiring mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Nader Fekri, said he was personally proud to have nominated Jan Bridget as the recipient of this year’s Award.  Read more (27 May)

HEBDEN BRIDGE FRINGE programme launched - Benidorm meets Shameless (drama), learn to crochet, Pakistani story telling, Burlesque Taster Class, Dance Workshops, Vintage Pop Choir, The Speed of Dating (comedy), Cabaret, Literary Quiz, poetry and prose, and finishing with a Bellydance Spectacular. Read more

COUNTDOWN TO ARTS FESTIVAL: On Thursday, invited guests will have a first glimpse of this year's programme at an exclusive event attended by, among others, Cllr Christine Davenport, the new Mayor of Hebden Royd. Read more (23 May)

REBECCA YORKE RAN THE GREAT MANCHESTER RUN to honour her late friend and Arts Festival colleague Di Smith, and to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Research. Read more (22 May)

HEBDEN BRIDGE BLUES FESTIVALmay be the best in the country - the panel of the British Blues Awards have nominated it for the "Best Festival" award. Read more (22 May)

FOX FRIENDS RAISE £400 AT CAMRA FESTIVAL. A bar at the CAMRA festival pulled in another £400 to help create West Yorkshire's first co-operative pub. Read more and listen to item on Radio Leeds (15 May)

Craig Whittaker condemns gay marriage proposals. Our MP claims that such marriages would be adult-centred and lead to polygamy. Read Craig's blog entry. And see HebWeb discussion

CRIMSWORTH FARM RAW PINK SAUERKRAUT! – free tasting Saturday 12th May

CONCERT AT WAINSGATE: The Ancient Mariner: A dramatic song cycle inspired by Coleridge's poem. Read more (9 May)

THE FOX FRIENDS CO-OPERATIVE GROUP are running an ale and hearty trip out to the Calderdale CAMRA Mayfest beer festival in support of their bid to buy out the Fox and Goose. Read more (7 May)

POLICE STOP PARENTS LEAFLETING outside Calder High. The HebWeb has a copy of the leaflet and has contacted the police asking what law could be broken. Read more

FORMER GREEN PARTY COUNCILLOR STARTS CYCLING ROUND THE LENGTH OF BRITAIN'S COAST. The co-founder of Kerbside Recycling, Calder Valley Credit Union, and former Green Party Town Councillor, Jamie Johnson, is raising funds for Palestinian refugees. Read more (1 May)

CONCERT AT WAINSGATE: Some great entertainment is to be found in the hills this Sunday evening when good-time twenties "Cotton Club" jazz comes to Wainsgate Chapel Read more (30 May)

FLOOD SIRENS TEST in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. Read more (30 May)

UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE: Lord Shutt explains the workings of the House of Lords. Read more (29 May)

INSPIRAL CARPETS AT THE TRADES - tickets now available

OWTER ZEDS HEADLINE TRADES CLUB 30TH BASH Psychedelic rock legends, formed to play to play a one off miner's benefit during the 1984/85 strike, headline a weekend of festivities celebrating the Trades Club's 30th birthday. Read more - and see programme. (27 May)

ARTS FESTIVAL PROGRAMME LAUNCHED: Highlights include top comedian Stewart Lee and the Hayward travelling Matisse exhibition. Read more. (25 May)

A NEW MAYOR FOR HEBDEN ROYD: at the Annual Town Meeting, Cllr Christine Davenport was made Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more (23 May)

CALDER HIGH PARENTS URGE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TO ADDRESS CONCERNS - "to help Calder High to be a successful and exciting place in which to learn". Read more (22 May)

TRIVOD AT HX7 JAZZ CLUB: trioVD have toured the U.K extensively with their heavy mix of improv, rock, electronica and jazz. Read more (18 May)

HEBDEN BRIDGE BLUES FESTIVAL: The Cream of the Blues coming to the Calder Valley early next month - truly great atmosphere, superb entertainment and, of course, that spectacular scenery. Read more (17 May)

SUCCESS FOR THE KING'S TROUP, Hebden drama group. They have been selected to perform in Manchester and Stratford upon Avon. Read more (13 May)

TRADES CLUB NEAR MISS - The Trades Club have vowed they will be back next year after narrowly missing out on the NME small venue of the year award. Read more (11 May)

TRADES CLUB CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF LIVE MUSIC over the bank holiday in early June. The Club is looking for people who've played there, or who have stories to tell. Read more (8 May)

TOWN HALL TEAM now complete with the appointment of Amy Leader as the new business development officer. Read more, including all HebWeb coverage of this groundmaking project since 2007 (3 May)

HANDMADE PARADE 2012: Join the skills classes. - join a street band, make a giant sculpture or inflatable costume, try your hand at a dynamic Brazilian art-form or learn how to stilt. Read more

April 2012


UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE: Claire Benedict talks acting to Todmorden U3A. Read more (29 April)

HEBDEN BRIDGE: A SENSE OF BELONGING by Paul Barker. New book illustrating how Hebden Bridge has changed from when the mills closed until it gradually became 'the Greenwich Village of the north'. Read more (25 April)

LOCAL ELECTIONS: A Labour-led Council will continue the fight for the NHS, Labour leader of Calderdale Tim Swift tells the HebWeb. Read more (22 April)

PHYSIOTHERAPIST ALI MILLS will be attempting to cycle a grueling 112 miles around the Lake District, to raise money for MacMillan. Read more (19 April)

Local papers: HB Times office to close, journalist Susan Press tells HebWeb - see Forum thread. Update from Cllr Tim Swift: Halifax Courier to go weekly. "Those interested in the many goings-on in the upper valley are increasingly likely to turn to the 'Hebweb', the flourishing local website of town news and views." says Martin Wainwright, writing in the Guardian's Northerner Blog

HX7 JAZZ CLUB: “Chill-out acid jazz meets dubstep and reggae” the highly acclaimed Submotion Orchestra visit HX7 Jazz Club on Thursday April 26th. Read more

GALA NIGHT AT THE PICTURE HOUSE features Fanny and Elvis, starring Ray Winstone and Kerry Fox and made in Hebden Bridge. Read more

MAYOR'S CIVIC DINNER AND IPAD RAFFLE takes place on Saturday, April 21, at St Michael's Centre Read more (10 April)

FOX FRIENDS CLEAN UP and help moves towards Yorkshire's first co-operative pub. Read more with details of Easter raffle. (5 April)

MAY ELECTIONS - 4 women to contest seat in Hebden Bridge's Calder Ward. Read more (4 April)

EASTWOOD RECYCLING set for 'remodelling'. Read more (4 April)

BROWN'S SITE: How should the Brown's site be used? Community Meeting 25th April. Read more (23 April)

ELVIS MAYORS: see the Mayors of Calderdale and Hebden Royd, and former Mayor Rev James Allison on stage limbering up for Fanny and Elvis at the Hebden Royd Town Council Civic Dinner.

The Trades Club is finalist in NME Small Venue of the Year Awards 2012.

HELP SHAPE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SERVICES in our area. People can influence the future of these services by getting involved in their Local Healthwatch. Read more (12 April)


GUARDIAN'S NORTHERNER BLOG: Rites of Spring in the Calder Valley. "Mummers, Calvary and Toss-pot engage Jill Robinson in her monthly dispatch" from Hebden Bridge for the Guardian.

WAINSGATE SEASON OF SPRING AND SUMMER CONCERTS starts with Muldoon's Picnic. Read more (7 April)

GRANT SUCCESS FOR VILLAGE TURBINE: Blackshaw Head based Pennine Community Power has won a grant of £30,000 which will partly fund a community wind turbine at Blackshaw Head. Read more (5 April)

YOUTH HOUSE goes to Light Opera Society, Brass Band and Theatre School. Read more (3 April)

JOB VACANCY: Picture House Manager. Hebden Royd are seeking someone to manage the Picture House. Read more (2 April)

NEW CHORAL WORK to mark opening of community hall. And So we Built, will be performed during the opening ceremony on Saturday 23rd June. Read more (1 April)

MARCH 2012


UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE: Kate Moreton-Deakin spoke about her day job as Associate Director - Corporate Social Responsibility with Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. Read more (30 March)

HEBDEN BRIDGE TO HOST NATIONAL AMBITIOUS COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE, looking at how communities can transform their neighbourhoods by owning and managing local land and buildings. Read more (27 March)

HEBDEN BRIDGE'S FAVOURITE FILMS. The people have voted! It's Brief Encounter, the winner, followed by Local Hero and Pulp Fiction. More info and details of showings at the Picture House. (26 March)

RIVERSIDE SCHOOL MAKEOVER WEEKEND: more than 70 parents, teachers and friends spent last weekend converting the old old PE store into a special nurture room – just 48 hours! Read more and see pictures. (20 March)

OLYMPIC TORCH: Hebden Bridge's Chris Green of the White Ribbon Campaign is one of those selected to run with the Olympic torch through Halifax. Read more (19 March)

FOX AND GOOSE PUB CO-OP: Following extensive discussion on the HebWeb Forum in January and February, moves to buy out the Fox and Goose and run it as a co-operative pub are moving forward. Read more (16 March)

CALDER HIGH GIVEN 'NOTICE TO IMPROVE FOLLOWING OFSTED. Less than a week after Riverside received its unfavourable Ofsted report, the inspection of Calder High raises further questions about the education of Hebden Bridge children and students. Read more (6 March)

GRANT FOR CALDER VALLEY CLUB and for other local projects from Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more (3 March)



POSTCARD FROM PALESTINE 4 - Attacked by settlers. Ron Taylor's latest from Palestine, part of an international movement of supporters. Read more and see video (29 March)

Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge has come second in the Oddest Book Title of the year contest - see BBC article

HANDMADE PARADE SPARK DAY IS A HIT - Organisers says they were bowled over with the quality and quantity of ideas that poured in via suggestion boxes and in person on the day. Read more (27 March)

RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP EVENT at Calder Holmes, and the return of the Pooetry competition. (21 March)

SATURDAY IS SPARK DAY - day of events to launch Handmade Parade on Saturday, 24 March. Read more

HX7 JAZZ CLUB hosts the final concert of a busy and highly successful UK tour by high-flying London quartet Centre-Line on Thursday March 29. Read more (19 March)

POSTCARD FROM PALESTINE 3 - detained by the Israeli army. Ron Taylor's latest from Palestine, part of an international movement of supporters. Read more and see video

MAIA AND BROUHAHA AT THE TRADES: Local band Maia's first headline show at the club is promising to be one of their best yet. Read more (12 March)

Calder High: Former Calder High teacher of 27 years, Anne Todd, tells of an atmosphere of mistrust and anxiety among staff, lack of experience among management, deteriorating behaviour since the last inspection and streaming imposed without consultation. Read more in the HebWeb Forum.

2012 PACE EGG PLAY - details of the play at Heptonstall on 6 April

HANDMADE PARADE GETS GO AHEAD for 23 June - The future of the parade, one of the biggest events in the area's calendar, had been in doubt after drastic cuts to arts funding left it way short of the amount needed. Read more (2 March)



TORY PLANS ARE THREAT TO CALDERDALE INDEPENDENCE: Labour leader Tim Swift warned today that Conservative plans to change local government in Calderdale and Kirklees by splitting Kirklees into two and merging major services would mean Halifax, Hebden Bridge, and Upper Valley towns losing control of their own futures. Read more (26 Feb)

FAIR TRADE MOVEMENT - over a hundred people enjoyed Thursday's meeting of the University of the Third Age when Barry Lee spoke about Fair Trade. Read more (21 Feb)

OVER 1000 TREES PLANTED IN ONE DAY. Around 35 volunteers planted over 1000 trees on a windswept Saturday in Blackshaw Head. Starting with a couple of hours of rain, then several hours of sunshire and ending with snow. Read more and see photos (20 Feb)

TOWN HALL TEAM SEEK CAFE AND CATERING OPERATOR - The trustees are looking for a franchise operator to run the courtyard café, which will be open to the public seven days a week. Read more (19 Feb)

MISS RUSTY (Leonara Rustamova) is celebrating a further victory. She is now free to teach in schools again, as the General Teaching Council drop proceedings against her. See HebWeb feature for extensive background to this story. (12 Feb) Update: see Mail Online (13 Feb)

CALL FOR BYE-ELECTION as Mayor of Calderdale, Nader Fekri announces move to Turkey. Nader represents Hebden Bridge on both Calderdale and Hebden Royd councils. Read more (8 Feb)

THE BIG SPRING CLEAN on the weekend of 24th and 25th March. Spring is almost here. Time to get out in force for the Big Spring Clean and turn that litter in to cash! Read more (7 Feb)

FANCY A CRUISE TO THE ANTARCTIC? - the highest, windiest, coldest and driest of the continents was the subject chosen by Dr Geoffrey Carter, guest speaker at the January general meeting of Todmorden U3A. Read more (6 Feb)


CRAIG WHITTAKER MP ARRESTED - alleged assault on his son, in Mytholmroyd, West Yorks, at 10.30pm on Boxing Day. Read more

HEBDEN BRIDGE ARTS FESTIVAL Open Meeting - a great opportunity for local people to find out about plans for this year and to get more involved. Read more

Hebden Bridge Blues Festival free tickets - to celebrate the fact that there are only 100 days to go, they are giving away free tickets and t-shirts in a little competition. Just go to the ticket page of the Hebden Bridge Blues Festival!

HX7 JAZZ CLUB - Rod Mason and his band Elements are all set for another barnstorming tour-de-force comparable only to their stunning gig at the club two years ago. Read more (20 Feb)

POSTCARD FROM PALESTINE 2 - Hebden Bridge's Ron Taylor is a regular visitor to Palestine, part of an international movement of supporters. Read more (19 Feb)

THE STAVES were one of The Guardian's Pop Picks of 2012 and are playing a one off headline gigat The Trades Club on Tuesday 21 February. Read more

BBC NEWS MAGAZINE: "Why is Hebden Bridge the lesbian capital?" Thanks to the many people who have emailed the HebWeb about this

POSTCARD FROM PALESTINE - Hebden Bridge's Ron Taylor is a regular visitor to Palestine, part of an international movement of supporters. Read more (8 Feb)

BBC News item on Fox and Goose co-op project. "Pub regulars in West Yorkshire are hoping to buy the business and set it up as a co-operative." Read more (3 Feb) And see forum thread

FRIENDS OF CALDER HOLMES PARK - needs more people who care about the park and who are willing to put in a little time and energy. Read more (8 Feb)

BBC News Magazine: "Why is Hebden Bridge the lesbian capital?" Thanks to the many people who have emailed the HebWeb about this

IAN COATES - snowed in east of Milan, finally on his way back to Hebden Bridge, recounts some of the many countries he and his Honda have travelled through since 1999 - See HebWeb Feature. (3 Feb)

TOWN HALL LOOKS FOR ENTHUSIASTIC PROJECT OFFICER - Hebden Bridge Town Hall is looking for a new member of staff, to work on preparing a strong bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a major new project. Read more (2 Feb)



VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE FILM: The Picture House is celebrating the transfer to Hebden Royd by asking our customers to choose their favourite films, to be screened later this year. Read more (31 Jan)

Trades Club this weekend: Tickets are going fast for Nick Harper at the Trades on Friday. Also near a sell out is Fingersnap on Saturday featuring the legendary David McAlmont See What's On (31 Jan)

HEBDEN BRIDGE OLD GITS support Palestinian farmers. Read more (27 Jan)

Trades Club featured in Guardian's Northern Blog. "Good times roll at our celebrated Trades Club John Peel's 'great little music venue' is going strong, with added delights cooked up by a Tibetan chef. Read full piece by Berringden Brow's Jill Robinson.

PICTURE HOUSE LATEST: Last night, Calderdale Cabinet agreed in principle the asset transfer of the Hebden Picture House to Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more (10 Jan)

HEBDEN ROYD BUDGET - Labour and Liberal Democrats give their contrasting views on the Hebden Royd budget, passed yesterday evening. Read more (12 Jan)

CARLTON CLOCK ON TIME AGAIN - After the building was converted to apartments the clock stopped. Hebden Royd Town Council has worked over several months to seek permission to repair the clock - read more.

TV COMIC'S HEBDEN TRIP! The people behind the monthly comedy night at the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge have come up with a unique solution to empty pockets and gloomy weather by persuading TV comedian Alun Cochrane to perform on their first show of the year. More info (3 Jan)

ARTSMILL EXHIBITION: Michele Howarth Rashman, ʻHe Calls Himself Margaretʼ. Following on from a highly successful premiere in London, Michele Howarth Rashman brings her solo exhibition of mixed media sculpture back home to the North. Read more (27 Jan)

HX7 JAZZ: Hebden Bridge’s HX7 Jazz Club embarks on its third year with a welcome return of the Asaf Sirkis Trio on Thurs, 26 Jan. Read more (16 Jan)

BBC Look North covers the takeover of the Hebden Bridge Picture House. See video clip (24 Jan)

FAMILY SOCIAL NIGHT - A new family-friendly event at Trades Club brings food and good company to those dark winter nights. Read more (12 Jan)

HEBDEN BRIDGE ARTS FESTIVAL NEEDS YOU It's all change as the Festival starts the year with a new co-ordinator and the team are hard at work putting together a festival to remember. Read more (11 Jan)

Confusing signConfusing sign: The HebWeb has received this photo of a sign on Station Road. Pity the cyclist unfamiliar with the region! Click photo to enlarge and see more. (3 Jan)


NEW ENERGY ROYD WEBSITE: Jenny Shepherd, the site creator, is inviting members of the public to drop into a local cafe and test the website. Read more (3 Jan)